Dear Little Angel,
As you began to crawl nothing seemed to be abnormal. Your sister, when she began to crawl also chose an unusual method of mobility. Her capability was developed by performing the army crawl. The normal crawl of a child was never developed by your sister as she quickly learned to walk. So when your skills of crawling were demonstrated by standing high on you feet with weight on your hands forming the shape of an A, it never raised to many concerns for parents who had already had two children that had never learned to crawl as every other child. As time passed, concerns began to raise when your odd skills of crawling where not being replaced with attempts to walk. Meetings with doctors started to be scheduled. Concerned parents were reassured that every child develops differently then the others, and time was all you needed. Finally you began to walk at fifteen months. Your movements attracted the attention of many people as forward motion was highlighted with a waddle of your hips. Each step forward was accentuated by a swinging of your hips and upper body from side to side. Your walking motion mimicked the waddling of a penguin on the Artic ice. Your right foot turned out everytime you walked.
Each visit with the doctor return the same council. "She is still young. " "I don't feel any hip clicks." "Everything looks good." "Just give her time."
In time, no improvements came. The waddle of your hips was now compounded with a two year old who could not run. Standing on your tippie toes was your preferred mode of transportation, and unbalanced attempts to run often ended with bruised foreheads and a blooded nose.
Pressing the doctor to help us discover answers we were finally referred to a Pediatric Orthopedic surgeon after continued requests from your mother. Little did we know that this appointment would be the beginning of our journey with a daughter diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia.